Friday, August 4, 2017

Amazing Color - Summer Orchids

Amazing Orchids and more from a walk around the farm. 

Each was from damp or wet areas. 

                 Purple Fringless Orchid

                  Yellow Fringed Orchid

         #358 - Clammy Hedge-hyssop   Gratiola neglecta

A new wildflower for this blog where I am finding, photographing and identifying as many Wildflowers as I can

Steeplebush - A Native Spirea That Likes Wet Feet 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Pipestem State Park Hike

# 357 - Nodding Onion
While at a conference at Pipestem State Park in Southern WV, I hiked a trail described as the toughest in the park. It had steep swith backs which climbed 860 feet in the first 3/4 mile and then leveled out on a ridge for a couple miles before descending back down to the river.
I saw several wildflowers, including a new one.

The first is Nodding Onion,  Allium cernuu. It is related to Ramps.

Nodding Onion
Nodding Onion
I found a False Foxglove, but did not pay enough attention to decide if it is the Downey or Smooth Variety. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

More Summer Orchids

353 - Club Spur Orchid
 A week ago, I was at a site for Bentleys Coralroot, One of the rarest Orchids in America. See that post here.
While there, I found what I suspected was Club Spur Orchid Platanthera clavellataalso know as Small Green Wood Orchid and  Small Woodland Orchid. Even though the site is 70 or so miles from home, I knew I had to be there to see it in bloom. So, today was the day. The first two I saw were still not in bloom and it required a considerable hike to find some opened up. But the bonus was I found Spotted Coral Root, another new wildflower for this blog. 
(See Below)  

Two new Orchids in one day for this blog
Club Spur Orchid
Club Spur Orchid

Club Spur Orchid

 I had seen Spotted Coral Root at this site several years ago but could not find them again for this blog, where I am trying to find and photograph as many of West Virginia's wildflowers as possible.
354 - Spotted Coralroot

Rattlesnake Orchid
This site is one of the most prolific orchid sites that I know of. Many Rattlesnake Orchids were in bloom. I saw old Pink Lady Slippers, Showy Orchis and there has to be others. I found quite a few Yellow Fringed Orchids just beginning to bloom. 

Yellow Fringed Orchid 
just beginning to bloom.

Last Tuesday, I was at a site on New River looking along a forest service road for what I could find.
The first is a new one, Leaf-Cup -Polymnia canadensis 
355 - Leaf Cup

Another new flower found that day is Winged Monkeyflower - Mimulus alatus 
It is similar in appearance to Mimulus ringens (Allegheny Monkeyflower) and it occurs in the same habitats. Winged Monkeyflower differs in this manner 1) Its flowers are often pink rather than blue-violet, 2) Its leaves have narrowly winged petioles about ½" long or more, while Mimulus ringens has sessile leaves, and 3) The pedicels of its flowers vary in length from nearly zero to ½" in length, while Mimulus ringens has pedicels that are greater than ½" in length.

356 - Winged Monkeyflower
Winged Monkeyflower

Bee Balm or Bergomont
Dolls Eyes fruit Actaea pachypoda

Ragged Fringed Orchid 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

July Orchids

Bentley's Coralroot
My dad and I spent some time hiking in a national forest in Southern West Virginia near the Virginia border looking for Bentley's Coralroot. In the past, I had seen this along with Spotted Coralroot but keep missing the Spotted Coralroot, so this year I went a little later than usual. We could only find two of the Bentley's Coralroot after much searching. I'm not sure if it was bloomed and gone or was just a bad year. No Spotted Coralroot found.                                This site has many different Orchids. I saw bloomed out Pink Lady Slipper and Showy Orchis. There are many Rattlesnake Orchids that are almost in full bloom. But most interesting was an orchid that is ready to bloom but I am not sure what it is. Possibly Club Spur? So, I will need to return in a week or so. This would be a new wildflower and orchid for me in WV. Enjoy the Orchids and other wildflowers below

Bentley's Coralroot
Bentley's Coralroot
Rattlesnake Orchid

Possible Club Spur??
Possible Club Spur??

Southern Yellow Loosestrife

Rosebay Rhododendron
Rosebay Rhododendron

Thursday, June 29, 2017

My Wife - My Love - My Everything

Linda Darnell Pack, of Ghent, went to be with The Lord on June 25, 2017 after a 14 year battle with cancer.

 "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith" 2 Timothy 4:7

Born on December 18, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Silas and Loretta Bolen.

Mrs. Pack was a wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. She was a devoted Christian and active member of the Cool Ridge Freewill Baptist Church.

Besides her parents, she was proceeded in death by an infant sister, Barbara Jean, and an infant brother, Arthur Ray.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her husband of 32 years, Charles M. Pack Jr. of Ghent; children, David Ross Webb of Cool Ridge and Jennifer Lester and husband, Greg, of Cool Ridge; grandchildren, Eli, Chloe and Kaden all of Cool Ridge; sisters, Elizabeth Petitt and husband, David, of Beaver, Mary 'Cookie' Bennett of Beaver and Patricia Traybor of Shady Spring; brothers, Forrest Wayne Bolen of Concord, NC, Silas Bolen Jr. of Concord, NC, and Jeff Bolen and wife, Val of Beckley; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles Sr. and Virginia Pack of Shady Spring; brothers-in-law, Richard Pack and wife, Cindy, and Billy Pack and wife, Synthia, all of Jacksonville, FL; sister-in-law, Patricia Lilly and husband, Danny, of Piney View, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to the staff of Raleigh Cancer Center and Hospice of Southern WV.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 PM on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at Cool Ridge Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Danny Gilfilen officiating. Burial will follow at Paris Shrewsberry Cemetery in Ghent. Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 9 PM Tuesday at the church and one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers an In Memory Of gift can be made to Susan G. Komen West Virginia or Hospice of Southern WV.

Private online condolences, floral tributes and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring, WV.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

More Ladies

My normal running route was covered with water in places due to heavy rain this past week so I went to Camp Creek Park to run but kept being distracted by Wildflowers. I found a beautiful clump of Yellow Lady Slippers. Also Foam Flowers, False Solomon's Seal, Stone Crop and a new one for my attempt to find and photograph as many of West Virginia's wildflowers.
Hooked Buttercup- Ranunculus recurvatus is found along streams and other wet areas. I cannot remember seeing it before, but something about it attracted my attention as I ran by. I covered 4 1/2 miles that day and probably stopped 6-8 times for photographs. Not very efficient running but certainly was interesting.

# 352- Hooked Buttercup- Ranunculus recurvatus

False Solomon's Seal 
Stone Crop

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Last Gasp of Ephemeral Season

Large Flowered Trillium
This one is pink from the time it first blooms.
Most fade to pink. 

Ephemeral season is almost gone. I got out around the house and nearby to see all of these wildflowers and shrubs in one day. The painted Trillium I believe is one of the loveliest flowers anywhere and has a very brief viewing opportunity.

Painted Trillium 
Pink Ladyslipper

Cinnamon Fern

                                         Pink azalea

Pink azalea

Fringe tree, Chionanthus virginicus